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The Maid of Tarth

I see you guys are just as sharp as ever. The long layoff between first and second season casting hasn't made you rusty. Once again, you nailed my obscure hints within minutes.

Well, okay, I did fool a few of you. For a couple minutes, anyway. But others correctly puzzled out the casting. The part of Brienne, Maid of Tarth, will be played by British actress GWENDOLINE CHRISTIE.

This was another one of those cases where there was hardly any debate. The day the first batch of auditions went up for the role, we looked at a dozen actresses who were reading for Brienne and one actress who WAS Brienne. Gwendoline gave a great reading, and her look was just perfect. No, when she auditioned, she did not look she does in the photo above. She came in looking... well, like Brienne.

As for my clues... Christie played in a music video called DAMARIS, which includes a song about Isabelle, the She-Wolf of France (wife of King Edward II, for the history nerds out there), and played in Shakespeare's CYMBELINE at the Barbican theatre. She also posed for Australian photographed Polly Borland for a show called "Bunny."

She also appears in the recent IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSAS, though I did not use that one in my clues.

Gwendoline will be a great Brienne. It's a thrill to have her join the cast.

Congratulations to everyone who figured it out... and for those who guessed wrong, well, better luck next time.


Jul. 9th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Beyond echoing the "she's too pretty" comments, she's also not nearly as big or broad as I had pictured Brienne. Not sure if I invented that interpretation or if it's in the text, but I picture her broad-shouldered and fairly heavy, certainly not tall and lean.

Probably my only "complaint" with the casting so far (and I put that in quotes because it's truly not a complaint - the actors have been uniformly great), it's that the women have either been homelier tahn I would have imagined, or not as pretty as I would have imagined.

Arya - way too pretty for a horseface. When the guards call her "boy" I almost wondered who they were talking about.

Sansa - not quite as pretty as I pictured.

Cersei - ditto. Actress is beautiful, but still not as drop dead gorgeous as I had pictured her.

Catelyn - not quite as attractive as I imagined.

And now this Brienne is going to need to be uglified big time.

Again, completely nitpicking. They're all fine actors and that, obviously, is the most important thing.


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